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After a long rest

I am a former swimmer, trying to get back into competitive swimming. I have been out of the pool 20 years and put on some extra pounds. This blog primarily documents my journey back to competitive swimming. And I should say having fun along the way!!!

  1. Week 153 - Thursday

    by , September 3rd, 2015 at 08:41 AM (After a long rest)
    This week has flown by. Last night was my night off coaching and spent the evening helping with my sons pre AP algebra homework and my daughters social studies and math homework. My son is on ADD medicine and struggles as it wears off towards the end of the day. His ability to concentrate is noticeably challenging and he can get emotional. Yesterday we had a meltdown but I am proud of him because he caught himself and asked for 10 minutes to collect himself and then he worked with me on his algebra. I am still able to help but I think I am going to arrange a once a week session with a tutor who does this stiuff everyday. I suspect as this ramps up I will have to do a lot of figuring out which I am willing to do, but with upcoming travel this may not be a practical solution. We have a friend who is a Phd mathematician who provides tutoring and is a great communicator so I think she will help my son. My daughter is a lot like me and is quite impatient. Mix in her mothers perfection and attention to detail and she is quite demanding and challenging to work with. Oh well, at least I can help my kids and most important they still want my help. I am a lucky man despite the challenges that go along with this.

    Today was was a dry land day and I was pooped this morning. I had a restless night of sleep and woke quite tired.

    Weights
    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    5x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    My plan to use some medicine balls will still have to wait a while, as my back is still quite stiff, although much better than Tuesday.

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    12x25 open,close, easy, fast on :40 with fins
    300 easy

    We had no lanes today due to water polo last night and the open, close, easy, fast was quite choppy. In the end we had fun with the chop with us moving closer together so that we were all swimming in each other's wake. One of my training partners swam these fly and he in particular was surfing in the wake; he laughed continuously and we had fun with it.
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  2. Week 153 - Wednesday

    by , September 2nd, 2015 at 08:24 AM (After a long rest)
    I coached last night and was a little late getting home so ate late but managed to get to bed before 9pm. I slept pretty well but woke before my alarm. The coaching is going well and the 11/12 year olds are great. I am having a lot of fun! We worked the kids pretty hard yesterday and one of the little girls who seemed to struggle got out at the end with a smile from ear to ear and said she had fun; it made my day.

    Todays practice ice was low yardage and high intensity.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    8x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    6x100 IM on 1:25
    100 easy
    16x(50 at race pace straight into streamline vertical dolphin kick until the clock read 1:30 followed by :30 seconds rest)

    Warm down
    300 easy

    I think allergens are high today because I was a little winded at the end of warmup. We had a lot of people at practice today which was good but it did seem more challenging for Tom so I did extra while we waited for him. The IMs I held 1:08-1:10s and tried swimming them smooth. My fly felt a little off today. I believe I swim fly best when I am already warmed up and I was not feeling this today. Times were fine, but the fly seemed harder than usual. The race pace set was interesting. On one hand more rest than usual but the vertical dolphin kick was hard especially when Tom was standing over us(no getting away with lazy kick ). I was able to hold :25/:26 on the 50s and felt pretty good considering.
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  3. Week 153 - Tuesday

    by , September 2nd, 2015 at 08:16 AM (After a long rest)
    Another really busy day yesterday so I am playing catchup.

    Weights
    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    5x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    My plan to use some medicine balls will have to wait a while, I woke up with a really stiff back and did not want to overdo it today. As the abs went on my back felt looser and looser which was what I hoped would happen. I think I slept wrong.

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    8x50 kick on 1min
    8x25 open,close, easy, fast on :40 with fins
    200 easy

    i felt good on the kicks today and was able to hold :38/:39s throughout. My fins ripped even more and this is the week I get new fins for sure.
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  4. Week 153 - Monday

    by , August 31st, 2015 at 09:17 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a very restless night of sleep last night. When I went to the dentist last week they asked lots of questions about my sleep; I guess I grind my teeth and they are wanting me to get a night guard. I had one many years ago but could not get on with it so I am reluctant to get another. They asked about night sweats to which I told them I never had them, but last night I woke up twice covered in sweat. I did not feel sick and surprisingly was not tired this morning so who knows what's going on. Showering and changing PJs at night is not fun. I hope this is a one off!

    I had a really good workout this morning and felt really strong on the longer sets.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    4x400 pull on 5mins
    3x300 back kick with fins
    2x200 IMs on 3mins
    100 free afap

    Warm down
    400 easy

    I felt great on the warm up and this feeling carried into the main set. On the 400s pull I descended the set going 4:08, 4:06, 4:04, 4:01. I was hopeful of going under 4mins on the last one and was a little disappointed I missed it. This was a great set for me! On the kick with fins I went 3:05,3:05,3:03 and again felt great. My right fin is split and the split is growing pretty badly and I suspect I will have to buy new fins this week. I struggled with the transition to IMs but felt smooth after the fly and went 2:23, 2:19. The second one felt much better on the fly. We took a few extra minutes of rest after the IMs and then did a fast 100 free from a push. I went :53 which was fast especially after all the other swims this morning.
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  5. Week 152 - Saturday

    by , August 29th, 2015 at 08:38 PM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday was a very long day. I coached again from 5:45-7pm and then had a coaches meeting which went till about 9pm and by the time I ate and went to bed it was gone 10pm. My poor wife offered to pickup my son who was doing his first football match on the band. They were supposed to be home at 10:30pm which is already late for us, but for an unknown reason they did not get back to Rockwall until 12:30am. My poor wife and son did not get to sleep until 1am. My wife was pretty fired up this morning and sent and email to the band director asking what happened.

    This morning I woke and felt good again. Unbeknown to me my wife had put vinegar in the hot water kettle to de scale it. I thought she had filled it up for me so I just heated the water and went into auto pilot and made my coffee(which I only have before practice on Saturdays). Needless to say vinegar and coffee don't mix and luckily I did not swallow but if I was not awake already I sure was after a mouthful of vinegar coffee

    After fixing the the problem and eating I headed to the pool. We had a large group this morning and we did our 16x100 race pace set.

    Warm up
    600 free with snorkel
    10x50 drill/build on 1min

    Main sets
    16x100 on 2min at 500 race pace

    Warm down
    400 free

    On the drill/build I felt really smooth and held :31s. On the 16x100s I started out quite comfortable going :57s. After #8 I started to work harder and dropped to :56 highs. I held :56s until #12. On #13 I slipped to a :58 and should have stopped since my goal time is :57 but tried on #14 to pick it up but again went :58. Tom told me to stop and skip on #15 and then go for it again on the last one. On 16 one of my team mates in the lane next to me had fins on and really went for it and we got into a race and we both went :54. Unlike my team mate I did not have fins and somehow I did not even hurt like I had in the previous ones. I guess the adrenalin associated with racing had overcome the pain from the prior 100s. I was a little miffed that I fell off the pace but when I look back to last year I am further along at this time of the year.
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  6. Week 152 - Friday

    by , August 29th, 2015 at 08:22 PM (After a long rest)
    I am playing catchup due to a very hectic week. I felt pretty good on Friday and had a good practice.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    5x100 kick on 1:45
    4x(2x25 scull doggie paddle, 2x25 full doggie paddle, 2x25 no breath free) all on :30
    12x25 underwater with fins on :35
    2x(1x25 free on :35, 2x25 free on :30, 3x25 free on :25, 4x25 free on :20, 5x25 free on :15)
    100 easy
    12x50 done as 25 DPS, 25 breath once on :50

    Warm down
    200 easy
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  7. Week 152 - Thursday

    by , August 27th, 2015 at 01:38 PM (After a long rest)
    I worked on more of my online courses for my coaching certification last night. Nothing hard but time consuming. I have my first practice tonight as coach; I cant wait.

    I slept well last night and felt good this morning when I woke up.

    Weights
    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    4x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    I tried mixing up the abs a little bit more today so on each exercise I did a slight variant. For example on the crunches I did cycle kick with my legs as I moved from side to side. I am going to add some medicine balls next Tuesday.

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    8x25 open,close, easy, fast on 1min with fins
    200 easy

    Todays swim was shorter than I had hoped but I just ran out of time today.
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    Swim Workouts
  8. Week 152 - Wednesday

    by , August 26th, 2015 at 07:45 PM (After a long rest)
    I headed to Austin after Monday mornings practice and had planned on two meetings in Austin before driving to San Antonio for a full day of meetings yesterday. I hoped to join Alamo Masters at Northside but discovered that nearly all school district pools including Northside and the Josh Davis Nat were closed. I could not make any of the open pools work with my meeting schedule so yesterday I had to miss a workout. I got home late last night due to weather delays on in bound flights to Austin which had a knock on affect on delaying my flight. Whenever possible, I try to fly Southwest and yesterday was my first Southwest disappointment; I paid extra to get on an earlier flight than my original flight only to discover that the flight was delayed and my original flight actually left before the delayed flight. I was pretty upset!

    This morning came too fast but I slept well. The pool was setup scy and I did what felt like a lot of fast swimming.

    Warm up
    400 free with a snorkel
    6x50 catchup by :45

    main sets
    10x50 kick on :50
    100 easy
    16x50 on 1min at 200 race pace
    100 easy
    4x(2x25 dumb dolphin drill on :40, 2x50 fast butterfly on 1min)
    700 pull on High tempo per 100 than normal

    warm down
    200 easy

    I held 39/40 on the kick. The race pace I held 26s. I felt good. On the fly I was going 29/30s. The pull I was holding 1:05 pace.

    Updated August 26th, 2015 at 10:04 PM by StewartACarroll

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  9. Week 152 - Monday

    by , August 24th, 2015 at 09:27 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a restless night of sleep but woke ok. I suspect I will be tired later today. I kept thinking I had forgotten something for my upcoming trip to Austin/San Antonio. I never could figure what if anything I had forgotten.

    The pool was setup scy. I found today really tough but worked the main sets hard.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    8x200 IM on 3mins descend 1-4
    100 easy
    4x(4x50 kick on 1min, 200 free with paddles on 2:30)

    Warm down
    200 easy

    my descends were pretty pathetic but my times were good. I dropped from 2:23-2:19 on both rounds. I felt ok but was a little short of breath on this set. This was a whooping! These were great times for me though. On the kick and 200 free set I held 40s on the kick and the went 1:58,1:57,1:56 and 1:54. These are stellar times for me; I just wish I felt better. These really hurt! Despite feeling short of breath today my times were awesome and I am pleased with how I did today.

    Now ow I am off to Austin/San Antonio for a whirlwind business trip! I am going to try to swim at Northside tomorrow.
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  10. Week 151 - Saturday

    by , August 22nd, 2015 at 12:56 PM (After a long rest)
    I was really tired last night and went to bed early. I slept really well and woke up feeling good this morning. I was anticipating our 16x100s set and honestly had a little dread in the back of my mind as I headed to the pool. Luckily for me Tom said we would not be doing the 16x100s set today. He said we worked our tails off yesterday and he wanted to ease us back in; I could help but think, I wished he had applied this earlier in the week when we did our 16x50s set.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel on 6mins
    300 catchup on 4:30
    200 IM drill on 3mins
    100 free on 1:30

    Main sets
    6x(100 kick with fins straight into 2x25 underwater with 15 seconds rest at 25 and 30 seconds rest between rounds)
    4x50 DPS reducing by 1 each 25 on 1min
    4x(100 IM fast on 1:30, 2x50 drill swim in IM order on 1min)
    100 easy
    50 from a drive afap

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Despite not doing the 16x100s today this was not an easy workout. I kicked on my back on the set with fins and went for it on the first 100 and went :52 and then tried to hold this time throughout the 100s kick portion. On the last 2 rounds I slipped to :53s. On the underwater I was able to go halfway down the pool on the first 25 and then managed to go underwater on the second 25. on the DPS I was able to drop from 11 strokes to 7 strokes over the set. I was trying to work both my stroke, kick and underwaters as I dropped my stroke count. On the IM sets I went 1:05,1:05,1:04,1:03 and felt tired but strong. I feel like my fly and breast have improved this long course season. I will likely swim some more IMs in some masters meets this scm season. On the 50'from a dive I had a slow and crooked dive but felt fast and Tom called out 23 based on his send off and the clock on the wall. I was pleased with this.
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  11. Week 151 - Friday

    by , August 21st, 2015 at 08:59 PM (After a long rest)
    Islet great last night but woke a little stiff and sore. It's always tough getting back into training and this week has been no exception. Once again we are setup for scy.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    4x(100 IM on 1:20, 100 kick on 1:40, 50 under water on 1:30)
    100 easy
    4x(4x25 on 40, round 1 easy DPS, round 2 overkick, round 3 underwater off walls to 15m line, round 4 afap no breathers)
    100 easy
    8x(partner up with swimmer 1 going 100 fast, while swimmer 2 does vertical dolphin kick with heads out of the water, at the end of the 100 switch)

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I felt pretty stiff on the warm up but did loosen up and caught fire on the IM set going 1:07, 1:05, 1:03, 1:01 on the IMs and held 1:20 on the kick. I breathed 1-2 per length on the 50 and used it as active recovery. I felt good! The 25s I was coming in over 15s until the last round where I went 12s. On the partner set my partner is pretty quick and he started out around 58-59s and we were alternating pretty well but he slipped a little after the first two and to stick to the leaving on the top I had to gradually drop my times as he slowed down. I ended up dropping to :57s and then on the last 2 went :56s. Unlike the 16x100 set we do where we get rest this was especially tough due to the no rest. Time get getting in our case if we hung on the wall for more than a second or two after we finished. This was tough!
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  12. Week 151 - Thursday

    by , August 20th, 2015 at 08:40 AM (After a long rest)
    I had another good night of sleep and woke before the alarm went off.

    We upped the number of rounds of abs today and suspect we will do the same next week.

    Weights
    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    3x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    4x100 with paddles on 1:30
    8x25 open,close, easy, fast on 1min with fins
    200 easy

    I felt like jello when I dove in today. The abs were hard and I still felt Tuesday on the first round today. Its amazing how a really good long taper brings your fitness level down. It takes so long to build up fitness but so little time to loose it. Hopefully a couple of weeks and I will be back to normal.

    I finally made an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor earlier this week but could not get in until the middle of September. The particular doctor I choose came recommended and as it turns out is the orthopedic doctor for the Dallas Cowboys. One of my team mates worked with him on a shoulder issue and he said he is awesome; very thorough. My right knee still hurts but not as bad as it was going into the taper. If I want to get the swelling up it will take one leg workout. Don't know if I should deliberately enclave it by doing what hurts or just let it be what it is with no pain. I suspect the later makes most sense! I always worry when I go to see a doctor they will not see the problem.
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  13. Week 151 - Wednesday

    by , August 19th, 2015 at 09:05 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another good night of sleep and headed to the pool hoping for another LCM workout but alas it looks like we are done with Long course for the year. Tom did say there was talk about switching it at weekends but I have heard that before and it did not happen. Oh well, it is what it is!

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    4x200 kick on 3:15
    100 easy
    16x50 on 1min at 200 race pace
    100 easy
    12x25 with fins underwater on :40

    Warm down
    8x50 delay breath drill

    I felt pretty whacked after the kick set but did great holding 2:43-2:45. I was not anticipating 16x50s and mentally decided to swim them as 4 rounds of 4 increasing my effort as I went through the set. I started out with a :25 which shocked me. I then proceeded to hold :26s until the last 50 where I went :25 again. I did not feel that great at the end but that's the best I have done on this set. Very happy!

    I am taking my USAS coaching certificate tomorrow and have been working on the online portion the last couple of nights. I am really looking forward to getting my certs and I spoke to my wife about coaching one of the kids groups this season. I have a lot of upcoming travel but tom said he would appreciate the help so I am going to try coaching the kids in one of the groups as my schedule permits. I have about a month of travel already planned so I will be hit and miss to start with but will try to plan my travel around the coaching. I hope it works and as long as the kids are ok with me helping out I think it will be great fun. Watch this space!
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  14. Week 151 - Tuesday

    by , August 19th, 2015 at 08:50 PM (After a long rest)
    Back to dry lands this morning. My taper will be a distant memory by the end of this week.

    Weights
    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    2x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    4x50 open,close, easy, fast on 1min with fins
    200 easy

    I felt good in the water today!

    Updated August 20th, 2015 at 08:41 AM by StewartACarroll

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  15. Week 151 - Monday

    by , August 17th, 2015 at 09:55 PM (After a long rest)
    After the after meet party my wife and I went to watch the movie "the man from Uncle". It was a pretty easy movie to watch and was good(not great). I was pretty beat after the meet and was not really in the movie mood and when the lights went down I struggled to keep my eyes open. The movie was entertaining enough I did not sleep but I was struggling in a few spots. I slept well last night but woke quite sore. The no warm down after the meet probably contributed. This morning the pool was setup LCM. I suspect our long course days are numbered unfortunately.

    Today i I had a meeting at work at 7:30 and had to get out a little early.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    Main sets
    8x200 pull on 3mins descend 1-4,5-8
    10x50 drill working on breathing after the catch on 1min
    2x100 kick

    warm down
    100 easy

    I felt good on the pull set and descended from 2:20 to 2:12 and felt long and tapered. Oh how I love the feel when you come off a big meet and are rested and shaved. It's so unfortunate that this feeling does not last. The drill was interesting; Tom said he wanted us to work on a slightly later breath after the catch. I have never noticed a pause in my stroke but he said he saw one today. The kick should have been 6 rounds but I ran out of time. I made it downtown for my meeting by the smallest of margins,mouth I did make it.

    Tonight i started my USAS coaching certification and worked on the online course. It was a lot of common sense stuff so far but it was good to hear. I need to finish this tomorrow since the water portion is on Thursday.

    I am am back to crazy abs in the morning but will build back into it so hopefully I won't be too sore tomorrow.
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  16. RAM Summer Long Course Meet - Day 2

    by , August 16th, 2015 at 05:20 PM (After a long rest)
    After the meet yesterday we went for a team lunch I had arranged at a local Italian restaurant with a few of our out of town visitors. It was a lot of fun! After lunch I had a nice relaxing afternoon and evening with my wife and went to bed pretty early. I woke up a little later than I had hoped this morning and seemed to be running 15minutes late all the way upto the meet, however it all worked out just fine. I was a little sore this morning but nothing bad. I usually feel a little stiffness on a multi day meet and today was no better or worse than usual.

    Once again I did my normal meet warmup and felt good in the pool.

    400 free
    8x50 catchup on 1min
    4x50 open,close, easy,fast
    2x50 at 400 pace
    200 easy

    First up today was the 400 free and my goal was to beat my good friend Mr Unruh's #1 time of 4:28.91. I felt strong the whole way and other than a bad turn at 250 felt great. I finished really strong and was happy with my 4:28.05. looking at my splits, my 2nd 100 was too slow but my second 200 was great. I credit a lot of my consistency to the race pace work we have been doing and will definitely continue to work on this. I may add one more aerobic workout this fall on either Tuesday or Thursday morning but I will speak with Tom.

    Next up up was supposed to be the 100 breast but at the last minute I decided to skip it. My legs, and my right one in particular was very sore and stiff and I took the extra time to stretch ahead of the 50 fly. The challenge when you have a meet with low numbers(we had 85 swimmers) the meet goes really fast.

    The 50 fly is another off event for me and my real reason for entering this one was to push one of my team mates in the lane next to me, Scott Carpenter. we had a great race and he got me on the finish, going 28.5 vs my 28.6. I had a lot of fun on this one despite my time being a few tenths slower than I went a couple months ago.

    Last up up we had the 400 free relay and once again I was the anchor. Step Stone did the 200 back in a new best time the event before the relay so we were able to delay the relay start 5 minutes but it was always going to be a tough record. we needed our first two swimmers to be out in 58.5 and 1:04.0 but unfortunately they were both off. Our young ringer had a great swim but there was too much left for me to do to get the record but my 54.9 split was the best I have done as a master and I felt awesome the whole way. It was disappointing to not get close to the record but it was still a lot of fun and our team did awesome.

    I really enjoyed our meet and my team mates had a great time. One of our team held a short after meet party which was a nice conclusion to a great weekend. I am already looking forward to doing the meet again next year.

    Updated August 17th, 2015 at 02:22 PM by StewartACarroll

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    Masters Swim Meets / Events
  17. RAM Summer Long Course Meet - Day 1

    by , August 15th, 2015 at 04:26 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another good night of sleep and my chest infection is a distant memory. I think my day off on Thursday was a big help. I woke feeling pretty good. I reshaved last night, so pretty much got up, ate, and headed to the pool.

    I helped Tom print and post heat sheets and generally helped with the pool and meet setup. I did my normal meet warmup:

    400 free
    8x50 drill
    4x50 open, close, easy, fast
    200 easy
    4 dives

    On my program today was the 50 free, 50 breast and the anchor leg of the 800 mixed free relay. I was hopeful of going under 25 on the 50m free today and was also confident I could swim faster then my time at the Frisco meet on the 50 breast. The real goal however, was to beat the National Record on the Mixed 160-199 800 Free Relay.

    First up up was the 50 free and I went 25.39 which is a good time but not as fast as I had hoped. I somehow got into breathing like it was a 100 instead of a 50 and took 4 breaths including one inside the final 10 meters. I had a good start and felt smooth but my tempo is so not a 50 swimmer. If only I could get my tempo up a little I would have a great 50. This was slightly faster than I went in the individual 50 at worlds last summer so I can't be upset. However, this feels like a race where I made so many basic mistakes and any one would have got me my goal time. This one is so frustrating. Oh well!!

    I made the decision earlier this year to swim some off events this long course season and the 50 breast was most certainly one of these. I felt really good the whole way and never died but somehow I just spin on breaststroke. I went 34.40 which is a pretty decent time and likely will be a top 10 time. Tomorrow I do the 100 breast and think I will have a good one based on how good I felt on the 50 breast.

    Last up was the big relay. We have been planning this one for quite a while and I was confident we would beat the National Record and we did. The record was 8:54.37 and is a suite era record, and our team went 8:50.2 which is a great time and a new National Record!!!

    Yesterday I had false started 50% of the time in practice so decided to play it very safe. Despite a very safe takeover I had a good swim and my split was 2:04.x my wife said I was 2:03 but maybe she got it wrong. Either way I am pretty stoked and this is my first National Record. We have another shot tomorrow with the 400m free record although it will be much harder.

    I am off for a long nap and an easy evening. Tomorrow I have the 400 free, 100 breast and 50 fly before doing the anchor leg on the 400m free relay. Should be a lot of fun again!

    Updated August 15th, 2015 at 04:44 PM by StewartACarroll

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    Masters Swim Meets / Events
  18. Week 150 - Friday

    by , August 14th, 2015 at 12:34 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another good night of sleep last night and finally seem to have kicked the chest crud. Today we did a meet warm up ahead of this weekends meet in Rockwall. Greg Streppel who is in from Canada swam with us this morning. Greg is a really nice guy and it was fun talking with him.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    6x50 build on 1min
    4x50 open, close, easy, fast
    200 easy
    4 relay starts

    I felt ok in the water today which is good, but I false started 2 of the relay hand offs which is a real concern. I wish I was leading off but alas one of my team mates wants a split so I will anchor. I will make sure I do a safe start!!!

    I did breakfast with everyone after practice this morning which was fun.
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  19. Week 150 - Thursday

    by , August 13th, 2015 at 01:15 PM (After a long rest)
    I did not feel so great yesterday and was fortunate that my calendar was almost empty and with some creative rescheduling decided to take the day off work. It turned out to be a great decision since after sleeping for an hour or so I woke up feeling much better. My chest congestion just does not want to go away but after the sleep I woke up feeling much better and the tickly cough I had developed also disappeared. I also made an extra effort yesterday to drink LOTS of fluid and by yesterday afternoon was feeling a lot better. Last night I went to bed at 6:30pm and had a great night of sleep; the most solid and best I have had in a long time. According to my wife I beat the kids and her by 3 hours.

    Unlike the rest of the week the pool was still setup LCM with all lane lines still in place. Today I dropped my distance again with mainly aerobic easy swimming with the exception being a few open, close, easy, fast 50s.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    Main sets
    4x100 free on 1:30
    100 easy
    4x50 on 1min with fins, done as open, close, easy, fast
    100 easy

    Warm down
    200 double arm backstroke
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  20. Week 150 - Wednesday

    by , August 12th, 2015 at 08:49 AM (After a long rest)
    I slept better last night and woke uncontested for the first time in the last two weeks. This thing literally started two weeks ago today while in Orlando. That feels like a long time for a cold.

    When i got to the pool once again the lane lines were removed and we spent at least 15 minutes untangling and pulling lane lines. Once everything was set I proceeded with a 2500m taper workout.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    Main sets
    6x100 free with just paddles on 1:30 smooth
    10x50 back kick on 1min
    4x50 on 1min done at 200 race pace

    Warm down
    500 easy

    I felt quite heavy during the warmup today but was fine on the pace 50s holding 30/31s.

    I was worried about the number of entries for our meet this weekend but we had a great last week of entires and the unofficial number is 85 swimmers. We have a guy in my age group coming in from Canada and others coming in from Arkansas, and Oklahoma. It's going to be fun with my team putting up lots of relays. I just booked a restaurant for a team lunch after Saturday's session which will be fun too.

    Updated August 12th, 2015 at 11:23 AM by StewartACarroll

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